'''Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel''' (;
; August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831) was a German German philosophy|philosopher
and an important figure of German idealism
. He achieved wide renown in his day and, while primarily influential within the Continental philosophy|continental
tradition of philosophy, has become increasingly influential in the Analytic philosophy|analytic
tradition as well.
[Redding, Paul, "Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .]
Although Hegel remains a divisive figure, his canonical stature within Western philosophy
is universally recognized.
Hegel's principal achievement is his development of a distinctive articulation of idealism
sometimes termed "absolute idealism
[This term is actually quite rare in Hegel's writings. It does not occur... ]